The benefits of physical therapy for diabetic patients
Diabetes is one of the most common health conditions faced by millions throughout the world. It is a group of disorders which affects the way our body breaks down what we eat into energy. In diabetic patients, the body does not produce an adequate amount of insulin which in turn leaves a high amount of blood sugar in the bloodstream. The high amount of blood sugar can then lead to an array of health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, and a loss of vision.
The three main types of diabetes are the following:
• Type 1 diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is believed to be caused by the body’s autoimmune response, meaning that the body wrongfully combats itself when insulin is produced. Those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes need to take insulin on a daily basis to stay alive. Fortunately, this is the least common type of diabetes, although it is most common in teens and young adults.
• Type 2 diabetes: Unlike Type 1 diabetes, those who suffer from Type 2 diabetes do produce little insulin, however not enough to keep their blood sugar at a normal level.
• Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, and could lead to health risks for both mother and child if not treated.
The most common ways to combat diabetes is through a combination of healthy diet, exercise, and in a number of cases, medication or insulin. Through exercise, physical therapy has great potential for diabetic patients.
A physical therapist can help assess blood glucose levels and a plan for long-term exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For diabetes patients who suffer from skin problems, such as sores, a licensed physical therapist can properly wrap or bandage the sores to prevent infection or spread any additional sores from happening.
Additionally, your physical therapist can assist in creating an at-home exercise method to utilize and stay in shape and on track. Exercise is a crucial component in combating and maintaining a healthy & normal lifestyle for diabetic patients.
If you are diabetic it is important you consult with your physician or specialist before beginning any new diet or exercise regimen. If you would like to learn more about Theramotion’s work with patients please contact us at 718-279-9800. Additionally, you can fill out contact information on our Contact Us page and we will get back to you.